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A member of Boy Scout Troop No. 358 adjusts a Christmas tree atop an SUV during a previous Christmas Tree sale.

It’s that time of year and people looking to bring some fresh greenery into their homes or businesses for the holidays need look no further that the Scout tree lots in Whitestown and Zionsville.

Area residents will be able to purchase Christmas trees from Scouts BSA Troops 358 and 219 beginning Nov. 23 as part of their annual holiday fundraisers.

“The tree lots are crazy,” Mark Pishon, fundraising chair for the troops, said. “Typically, they sell between 300 and 400 trees. They always sell out every year.”

Pishon said Troop 358 has been selling the trees for more than 40 years in Zionsville. This is the fifth year they’ll be having a tree lot at the Whitestown Municipal Complex and the first year Troop 219 has been involved.

“Every year it’s growing,” Pishon said. “The lot is near the flagpole at the complex which was an Eagle Scout project. People purchasing trees from the lots will be greeted by scouts with the trees trimmed, netted, and tied on the cars.”

Pishon said people can choose between Fraser fir and conifer Christmas trees from 6 to 12 feet tall. Wreaths and table décor will also be sold at the lots.

The troops also offer Christmas tree removal as part of their holiday fundraisers.

“It doesn’t matter if the tree is bought from us,” Pishon said. “The troops will come and take real Christmas trees away and recycle them for $15.”

Pishon said Troop 358 has been offering this for about 10 years.

“People were asking if we recycled,” Pishon said. “We tried it one year and it worked out.”

He said they will collect the trees on Jan. 4. Live trees must be placed curbside, free from decorations.

“We take the trees to goat farms,” Pishon said. “We can’t bring them enough trees, it seems. They just eat it up. We also give them to police and fire departments. They place them in lakes that they don’t want people to swim in.”

The troops have completed one part in their three-part holiday fundraising by selling wreaths and indoor holiday décor online.

Pishon said funds will go toward troop programs such as High Adventure Scouting at Sea Base, Philmont Scout Ranch, and more.

Hours for the west location (Whitestown Municipal Complex) and east location (Zionsville Lions Club Park) are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 1; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays until they are sold out.

Tree costs start at $60.

For more information, visit the websites at www.troopwebhost.org/Troop358Zionsville/ or www.troopwebhost.org/Troop219Zionsville/ or call Pishon at 317-374-2262.

For tree recycling, register online at ScoutSales.org?351.14.5403. The west lot at the Whitestown Municipal Complex is at 6210 S. 700 E., Whitestown. The east lot at the Zionsville Lions Club Park is at 11053 Sycamore St., Zionsville.

Just the facts

There are 11 girls in Troop 219 and 126 boys in Troop 358. There have been 211 Eagle Scouts from Troop 358 since their beginning in 1923, according to Pishon.

The troops are chartered through St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Zionsville.

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